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  1. @haakoo, Anticipating the day hopefully soon to come when printing actually does work -- presently, for all intents and purposes it is broken --, I export to JPEG or TIFF and print the exported file with Preview. Yes, in general, something will be lost in the conversion, but it is not clear to me that rasterizing then printing with the broken print is the equivalent of printing with print as it is supposed to work. If it were, wouldn't it be better to fix this problem by modifying print to first rasterize what needs to be rasterized, instead of placing the dual burdens of rasterizing and somehow also retaining the unrasterized layers on the user?
  2. @Klas No, it was mostly, if not exclusively, messages. I had posted a bug report on the lighting live filter not printing, received no answer, and sent a message to @Chris B when I noticed he was online.
  3. Yeah, this is a problem that has plagued all versions of Affinity Photo since 1.7.1. I reported on July 5, 2019 that the effect of the Lighting live filter was absent in the printout, although very evident on the display. @Chris B replied on July and further, Since then, with every release candidate that I test and every new release I have enquired about the status of this problem. Here are the responses that I have received: August 1: August 28: A follow-up question on November 9 after the release of 1.7.3 elicited no reply.
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    Affinity Photo + Nik Plugins

    Is 2.31 by any chance this: https://nikcollection.dxo.com/what-s-new/ ? I don't know why DXO is so coy about revealing version numbers.
  5. @Patrick Connor, When can we expect a 1.8 Beta for macOS?
  6. Walt, Interesting. I'll have to try this. Do you know whether this works with live filters? I sometimes feel that I don't want to sharpen the background as much as the foreground.
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    Affinity Publisher is Apple’s Mac App of the Year

    Seriously, I hope none. I do not have Affinity Publisher, but I do rely heavily on Affinity Photo. I am dismayed at how long some features remain broken, while others seem trapped in a cycle of breaking, being fixed, then regressing. A long thread about compatibility with Apple Photos is an example of the former. And it is still not possible to print directly (i. e., without merging layers or exporting to another format ... except PDF) an .afphoto that uses live filters. In my experience as a software developer for a major Swiss bank and a large Swiss pharmaceutical company, it is sometimes necessary to put new software and new features on the back burner in order to fix the foundations of existing products. This would be a good time to do so.
  8. Something for those who seem to think that making beta versions of macOS available absolves Apple of all guilt when a program stumbles over a change in a new release. Several purveyors of display calibration programs regularly wait for the new release before adapting their products. This they justify with their experience that Apple makes changes even after Gold Masters. It might therefore be a better strategy for Affinity to release beta versions of their products in response to Apple's macOS releases until incompatibilities can be resolved to users' general satisfaction. That would also leave users with a version to fall back upon.
  9. I apologize. The panel appeared on the laptop's monitor, not on the external monitor where the rest of Affinity Photo is running.
  10. Hi, I just HDR merged two .jpg and would now like to remove some artefacts by replacing them with things from the source images. I have activated Sources in Studio, but clicking on the Clone tool does not cause it to display the Sources panel. I'm using Affinity Photo 1.7.3 on macOS 10.14.6.
  11. @MEB Well, the HSL control gets moved to the laptop's display every time it displays wrong on the BenQ. Actually, just hovering it over the laptop's display before dropping it back on the BenQ corrects the problem, at least, until it reappears. So sometimes I just leave it on the laptop. As long as one adjustment layer's control is being displayed on the laptop, Affinity Photo seems to replace it with the next one that it has to display. It doesn't do that with live filters' controls, however.
  12. @MEB I am not averse to helping, but I am running behind an -- admittedly self-imposed -- deadline. Working for a few days (!) with the BenQ set to the default resolution is something for masochists. I won't be indulging. Working at scaled resolution with Metal support might be doable, depending on how how slow the system becomes. I didn't mention explicitly: I am using both the BenQ and the laptop's display simultaneously. I do notice some nervous "twitching" of one or both while working with Affinity Photo, especially when I've place some windows (typically, the Blending Options) on the laptop's, almost as if something were being redrawn very quickly. What about working on the laptop's display at scaled resolution? Could the problem be caused when Affinity Photo is working with both displays and the resolution of one (or/not) both is set to scaled? Has the problem been reported with other brands of monitors besides BenQ?
  13. The default resolution is 1920 x 1080. I wouldn't have needed to buy an external monitor at all if I were satisfied with that resolution. What happens if I set it to that resolution? How long would I have to wait for the problem to occur at that resolution before I could conclude that it doesn't? Because in the meantime I could not work with Affinity Photo under those conditions. As I said, I had the impression while working with 1.7.2 and macOS 10.14.6 that the problem had been solved. In fact, I recall being informed when I first reported it HSL crashing Affinity Photo 1.7 that the problem had to do with Apple's Metal support in macOS 10.13.6, which I was running at that time. The mangled HSL control of versions thereafter was the price to pay for its not crashing Affinity Photo on High Sierra. I just recently switched to 10.14.6, so I can't swear that it hasn't always been in 1.7.
  14. Hi, In 1.7.2 on macOS 10.14.6 this problem seemed to have been solved, but on 1.7.3 it's back. Here are the pertinent screen shots: The problem afflicts the BenQ SW271, not the MacBook Pro's builtin display; however, it doesn't happen all the time and, as before on macOS 10.13.6, moving the control to the builtin display, then back to the SW271corrects the problem until it happens again.
  15. Just taking a really, really wild guess here, because I use Affinity Photo but not Affinity Publisher. In Affinity Photo there is a really bad bug that affects printing and exporting to PDF. Live filter layers -- I don't even know whether such things exist in Affinity Publisher -- are not being rendered. So, depending on what live filter layers I use and the blend modes that I use with them, the first thing that I will notice, say, in a print, is a difference between the colors displayed on the monitor and those of the print. Exporting to JPEG and TIFF are not affected, but exporting to PDF is.

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